But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Friday, 21 July 2017 03:04

Camp Kaleo is being all things to all boys and girls so that some may be reached

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Many parents first learn of Camp Kaleo through yard signs placed at the Forsyth Dairy Queen while they sit in the drive through line. JOE WESTBURY/Index

FORSYTH — What does a camp director do when churches, typically the life blood of a summer camping program, slowly begin to send fewer...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Friday, 21 July 2017 03:00

July 20, 2017 Show with Matt Kennedy on "The Liberal Episcopalian War Against Biblical Anglicans ( How a Historic 19th Century Anglican Church Became a Mosque)"

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July 20, 2017:

Matt Kennedy, Rector of the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd, Binghamton, NY, who will address: “The Liberal Episcopalian War Against Biblical Anglicans (& How a Historic 19th Century Anglican Church Became a Mosque)”

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Friday, 21 July 2017 02:46

Civilized life is coming a part at the seams

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There is no question that society is smack dab in the middle of a tug of war between conservatives and liberals — the sacred vs. the secular. In this provocative piece over at truthXchange titled “Sacred Canopy” Peter Jones makes the case that sexual freedom is utterly...

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Written by Marsha West
Friday, 21 July 2017 02:45

The Starting Point for Knowledge

image In an article entitled Are You Epistemologically Self-Conscious? (original source here) Dr. Jason Lisle writes:

Epistemology is the study of knowledge – how we know what we know. When a person has a belief, it is reasonable to ask the person “how do you know this?” The way in...

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Written by John Samson
Friday, 21 July 2017 02:35

How to Make Spiritual Progress

The complacency of Christians is the scandal of Christianity. Time is short, and eternity is long. The end of all things is at hand. Man has proved himself morally unfit to manage the world in which he has been placed by the kindness of the Almighty. He has jockeyed himself to the edge of the...

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Written by Moderator
Friday, 21 July 2017 02:32

The Lost World of the Israelite Conquest

imageHoly warfare is the festering wound on the conscience of Bible-believing Christians. Of all the problems the Old Testament poses for our modern age, this is the one we want to avoid in mixed company.

But do the so-called holy war texts of the Old Testament portray a divinely inspired genocide? Did...

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Written by Jim
Friday, 21 July 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

imageI bought a power washer. That thing is amazing. My concrete has never looked so clean, and I have never enjoyed cleaning concrete or siding more. The only question is—why did I wait so long to purchase one of these fantastic contraptions? All of that cleaning makes me think of a terrifying p...

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Written by EBenz
Friday, 21 July 2017 02:04

Reason and authority

Leaving Christ out of view (as if nothing had ever been known of him), it proves, by absolute reasons, the impossibility that any man should be saved without him. Again, in the second book, likewise, as if nothing were known of Christ, it is moreover shown by plain reasoning and fact that human...

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Written by steve
Friday, 21 July 2017 01:58

Andrew Fuller Friday: The Eternal Standard of Right and Wrong

“The eternal standard of right and wrong is the moral law, summed up in love to God with all the heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to our neighbour as ourselves. This law is holy, just, and good: holy, as requiring perfect conformity to God ; just, as being founded in the strictest...

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Written by Staff
Friday, 21 July 2017 01:53

Do you Refresh the Hearts of the Saints?

“You have often refreshed the hearts of the saints.”

So Paul wrote to his good friend Philemon, as he thanked God for his love for all the saints. The church at Colosse met in Philemon and Apphia’s home, and it’s not hard to imagine what life must have been like for the...

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Written by Warren Peel
Friday, 21 July 2017 01:33

Jesus, Deliver Us From These Vile Deplorables

JOHN MCCAIN CANCER IS ‘GODLY JUSTICE’ FOR CHALLENGING TRUMP, ALT-RIGHT CLAIMS

Despicable godless pagans.

Most Americans met Wednesday night’s news that Arizona Senator John McCain was facing a dire diagnosis of brain cancer with shows of respect for the elder statesman and...

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Written by Jim
Friday, 21 July 2017 01:07

39 Articles—Guilt, Grace, and Gratitude (2)

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Article 10 is the second part of the Thirty-Nine Article’s explanation of our guilt. Article 9 describes our actual condition before God regarding our total depravity. It also makes it clear that while sin persists in the believer, God's work in Christ does not condemn the believer. Article...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Friday, 21 July 2017 01:07

39 Articles—Guilt, Grace, and Gratitude (2)

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Henry Jansma
Jul 21, 2017
Dr. Henry Jansma continues his exposition of the 39 Articles with its article on the effects of our sin nature on the freedom of the will.Continue reading.

Authors: Henry Jansma...

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Written by Henry Jansma
Friday, 21 July 2017 00:25

Anti-Scholastic Sins Visited upon Later Generations

Catholic theologians, philosophers and historians of the twentieth century, having fought fiercely to eradicate prejudices against medieval philosophy, adopt the anti-Scholastic rhetoric of the old Protestant histories and project it upon the thinkers of the Baroque age. As a result, they reject...

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Written by Jordan Ballor
Friday, 21 July 2017 00:22

Plague of darkness

i) Some scholars attempt to explain the ten plagues of Egypt naturalistically. That has the merit of taking the historicity of the events seriously, but the danger is to secularize the account. 
Some miracles may employ natural mechanisms. Those are coincidence miracles. 
However, the...

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Written by steve
Friday, 21 July 2017 00:14

The Israeli “Druze” Officers Gave Their Lives For the ‘Love Of the People’

There is a certain group of people of which very little is known. But in light of the recent terror attack on the Temple Mount, which took the lives of two Israel Police officers, I believe that it is time for the Jewish people to recognize and give thanks to the Druze people.

They are well known in...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Friday, 21 July 2017 00:03

Surprise! Charismatic IHOP Kansas City Church Hiding Millions From Taxing Agency? Featured

Pulpit & Pen has been outspokenly critical of charismatic organizations such as Bethel, IHOPKC, Hillsong, and many others. The unsound doctrine inherent in these denominations and churches gives way to not only an unfruitful mission but paves the way for a debased leadership who, in many...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Friday, 21 July 2017 00:00

Do atheists have a lower divorce rate than Christians?

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I’ve been having discussions with atheists lately, and finding out that in the atheist community, a lot of false beliefs persist because they (as a group) insulate themselves from rational inquiry. Basically, one of them says something that makes Christians look bad,...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Thursday, 20 July 2017 23:41

Contradictory Belief

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I'm always looking for the easy way out. I'm inherently lazy, short-sighted, impatient, passive, or fill in the blank with some other vice. I do not like walking in the tension of anything and if there is a more comfortable option, I will take it with a cherry on top, thank you very much. I fear...

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Written by Lore Wilbert
Thursday, 20 July 2017 23:39

Enoch from Antiquity to the Middle Ages

Enochians, take note-

Remnant of Giants

imageExciting news for fans of Enoch and the giants. A volume from John C. Reeves and Annette Yoshiko Reed is planned for 1 March 2018 which will provide the first part of a comprehensive compendium of literature from antiquity to the Middle Ages which referenced...

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Written by Jim
Thursday, 20 July 2017 23:31

Door into heaven

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens…7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly,...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 20 July 2017 23:02

Q#21 Discernment in Times of Blessing

Q. It seems like many “fundamental” churches lack the manifest presence of God in our services. I have been blessed to have experienced God’s felt presence in prayer meetings before, and it is truly the most fulfilling experience. But when I sought to learn more, I found...

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Written by John Van Gelderen
Thursday, 20 July 2017 22:47

Grappling With Theology Ep. 23: Jersey Fire Live Pt. 2 Featured

On this episode of #GWT, we interview Andrew Rappaport of Striving For Eternity, Dr. Anthony Silvestro of Creation Revival, and Brian Cimins from Grapplers Quest. On this weeks episode, we are live from Jersey Fire once again. We discuss our training at Dante Rivera’s BJJ Academy....

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Written by Frank Mullis
Thursday, 20 July 2017 22:43

The Church Has Always Known Theological Controversy (A Bit on the Peterson Thing)

image “Not again.”

That was my first thought when Eugene Peterson’s comments on gay marriage came out.

Regardless of the retraction, I knew the next few days would be ugly online. Various think-pieces (good and bad) would come, as would the tweets, the aggressive partisans, and the...

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Written by Derek Rishmawy
Thursday, 20 July 2017 22:42

The Surprising Admissions Converts Make

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David Mills tries to defend being casual about sin, though he rebrands it as familiarity:

In the Protestant world of my youth, nearly everything was a matter of life or death. The Evangelicals made your salvation a drama that depended on you making a decisive commitment. They loved the drama of a...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Thursday, 20 July 2017 22:34

A. W. Tozer Sermon: The Text Plus the Holy Spirit

So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain. –Ezekiel 33:31 When you are trying to find out the condition of a church, do not just...

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Written by revival-library
Thursday, 20 July 2017 22:33

Discernment or Self-Destruction?

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This morning on Stand Up For the Truth we read your comments and answer your questions from this week.  One central theme is discernment issues within Christianity.  Are we using proper biblical discernment or engaging in prideful witch hunts, looking to discredit others who we disagree...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Thursday, 20 July 2017 22:15

Will Georgia Baptists be rescued by our 19th Century Calvinist predecessors?

See if you recognize any of these quotes or have read similar ones:

…a book that seeks to recover the Gospel heritage that has been vastly lost since the last century.

…look back at the first generation of Georgia Baptists, filtered through the biblical Gospel…

…our labors...

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Written by William Thornton
Thursday, 20 July 2017 22:08

The wickedness of affirming the “trans” movement

The Left — including the “Christian” Left — reflexively latch onto and champion the world’s latest God-mocking trends, and the “trans” movement is no different.  I saw the systematic gay/lesbian indoctrination of kids coming more than 10 years ago, but...

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Written by Eternity Matters
Thursday, 20 July 2017 22:00

"I am for Peace, but when I speak . . . " Featured

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Southern Baptist Theology

Recently I read that someone said, “But I don’t think we should start a shooting war over it.” He was talking about a war over the apparently increasing influence of Calvinism and Calvinists in the Southern Baptist...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Thursday, 20 July 2017 21:51

The Blessings of Seeking Wisdom

Over years of reading through Proverbs, it’s impossible to estimate how many times this biblical book of wisdom has amazed and rebuked me. It is both simple and profound, filled with warning and promise. For these reasons, and many more, I never grow tired of it and so often am fed a nugget...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Thursday, 20 July 2017 21:00

A Quick Fix for Low Self-Esteem

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Sometimes it happens to even the best of us. We aren’t watching for it, we aren’t expecting it, but suddenly it overwhelms us like a tsunami. In a moment we’re plunged into the depths of sorrow and despair. Now we find ourselves grappling with negative thoughts, we realize...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 20 July 2017 21:00

The Bad News of the Kingdom

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What Is the Good News? Biblical Theology's Answer

Let’s consider how both biblical theology and systematic theology are important and relate to each other when we try to answer the most basic of ministry questions: What is the gospel? What is the good...

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Written by Michael Lawrence
Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:49

NUGGETS

Trust When Your Illusion of Safety Shatters – “God doesn’t expect me to convince myself that the world is safe or that everything will turn out just as I’d hoped. But He does want me to trust that He is powerful and strong, even when He doesn’t prevent disaster.”

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Written by Paul Tautges
Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:16

High Thoughts on the Cross

“Cling to Christ and have high thoughts of the atonement made by His blood upon the cross. Think highly of His incarnation and His example.Thing highly of His miracles and His words. Think highly of His resurrection, intercession and coming again. But think highest of all on Christ’s...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:00

Eugene Peterson, Author of The Message, Comes Out in Support of Gay “Marriage”

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“I think . . . [the] debate about lesbians and gays might be over.” In a recent interview, Eugene Peterson, a former pastor and author best known for his paraphrase of the Bible The Message, came out in support of gay “marriage,” saying he would marry a gay couple...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:00

Guest Post: Has the Bible Changed What You Watch?

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Are your entertainment choices pleasing to God?

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:00

What Do Greek Scholars Think of the Watchtower Society's New World Translation of the Bible?

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In their small book The Facts on Jehovah's Witnesses, authors John Ankerberg and John Weldon contend that "Greek scholars, Christian and non-Christian universally reject..."1 the New World Translation (NWT) of the Bible used by Jehovah's Witnesses. One such example they offer is the late Dr. Julius...

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Written by Chad
Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:00

Difference of Opinion

There are those who refer to me as a "fundamentalist", and not in the good sense. (That's a joke. I know of very few who would ever use that word to refer to anything good.) I can see why. I do hold to fundamentals. I believe there is a God. I believe that Jesus is His Son and is, in truth, God. I...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:00

Lessons from Evergreen State College: Make a Better Culture

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All week I have been talking about an excellent article written on the Huffington Post by Michael Zimmerman entitled, “The Evergreen State College Implosion: Are There Lessons To Be Learned?” On Monday, we talked about the value of being willing to listen. On Wednesday, we discussed the...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:00

The Church Has Always Known Theological Controversy

“Not again.”

That was my first thought when Eugene Peterson’s comments on gay marriage came out.

Regardless of the retraction, I knew the next few days would be ugly online. Various think-pieces (good and bad) would come, as would the tweets, the aggressive partisans, and the...

Read more

Written by Derek Rishmawy
Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:00

The Christian and Wealth: Insights from the Parable of the Unjust Steward

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The parable of the unjust steward in Luke 16:1–13 provides Christians with important insights about our wealth and the Kingdom of God. Let’s examine the passage and highlight three applications for us today.

The parable seems to have two distinct sections: 1) the parable proper in...

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Written by Brett Kunkle
Thursday, 20 July 2017 19:33

Bible Contradiction? Is God warlike or peaceful?

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For today’s post will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Is God warlike or peaceful?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

God is warlike

““The Lord is a warrior; The Lord is His name” (Exodus 15:3)

“He trains...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 20 July 2017 19:00

Living Under Authority

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As I read the scriptures, particularly the New Testament, there is a theme that recurs again and again regarding the Christian’s willingness to be in submission to various types of authority. Given the rebellious spirit of our age, that frightens me. It’s all too easy for us to get...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Thursday, 20 July 2017 19:00

Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Changing Jobs

Sometimes job changes occur out of necessity; one job ends and we need to find a new one to pay the bills.

In other cases, we can find ourselves content with where we are when a new opportunity comes to our attention.

Two years ago, I moved from a position at a seminary to one at a...

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Written by Dr. Andrew Spencer